Two John Carroll students were recently named to the Jim Nantz Award watch list, comprised of potential students for the 2012 sportscasting award. Junior Brendan Gulick and sophomore Dale Armbruster shared the honor.
“Making the watch list is truly humbling. There are thousands of collegiate sportscasters across the country, and I’m truly honored to be recognized as someone who is excelling at it,” said Gulick.
Both Gulick and Armbruster are involved in broadcasting at JCU. Armbruster started broadcasting this year at the Homecoming football game against Otterbein on WJCU-FM. He has since announced multiple football and basketball games. Gulick started broadcasting his junior year at St. Ignatius High School, where he began a broadcasting club. At JCU, he has broadcasted football, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball games through WJCU-FM and the sports information department. He has served as both play-by-play and color commentator for seven SportsTime Ohio broadcasts of JCU football and basketball games.
“Both are extremely dedicated to making the broadcasts here at John Carroll whether they be SportsTime Ohio, WJCU-FM or jcusports.com webcasts the best they can be. They are diligent in their preparation, and are meticulous in their attention to detail. They are also their harshest critics, which drive them to improve every time out,” said Chris Wenzler, the assistant athletic director for communications and the sports information director.
Wenzler has been both Armbruster’s and Gulick’s employer in the sport’s information office. He’s worked with Gulick for six semesters and Armbruster for two.
According to the Sportscaster Talent Agency of America’s website, the watch list is comprised of student sportscasters, who earned top 20 or honorable mention in recognition in the last year’s rankings. However, John Carroll is the only school with multiple representatives.
“I was proud of them to earn the recognition. I also think it was validation of the work everyone has done within the communication department, at WJCU and in sports information. It has been a collective effort, and we have made great strides in recent years to upgrade our entire operation when it comes to sports broadcasting. For Dale, Brendan and everyone who has been associated with sports broadcasting at John Carroll, this is tremendous ‘advertisement’ of this collaborative endeavor,” said Wenzler.
Gulick and Armbruster are very appreciative of Wenzler’s guidance and the opportunity to broadcast at JCU.
“I’m so proud to be part of John Carroll University. It’s great to see this University being recognized on a national level among other major Division I universities. Dale is an excellent broadcaster in the making, and I look forward to working with him for another year,” said Gulick.
Armbruster said, “The best advice I’ve ever received is that the only thing that keeps broadcasters from being great is laziness. Listening to and critiquing each other’s tapes makes future broadcasts that much better.”
While, for now, both are focused on earning their degrees at JCU, Armbruster and Gulick are both hoping to pursue careers in sportscasting after college.
“My dream is to be a play by play broadcaster for a professional team, but I know that it’ll be a long road to that goal. I’m willing to start wherever I have to as long as I’m behind the mic somewhere,” said Armbruster.
Gulick shared this sentiment.
“While [I’m] only a junior, I know I have to focus on the marketing degree I’m pursuing, but come Christmas time this year, I will be applying to independent league and short-season minor league teams for play-by-play and media relations positions. My ultimate goal is to become a play-by-play announcer for a Major League Baseball team,” he said.
The Nantz Award winner will be announced May 4.